Tom's Booklist

Ok, this may be the most indulgent part of my web page, but there is really an outside chance people are interested in what I'm reading. I have these books linked to Amazon.com. I have mixed feelings about them. I generally don't buy from them because I feel they are helping to kill the independent booksellers. On the other hand, I do use them for reviews when I'm considering buying a book, and I've written a few reviews myself. By the way I used to list these with the newest books on the bottom; I've reversed that now.

This Just In: I'm sure I'm not alone in this but I make all sorts of references from classic books I haven't read. I keep thinking I need to read them, and I've started a list at the bottom of this page. I don't have them linked to Amazon as I imagine they are books everyone knows about.

On Deck Circle

  • The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters by Tom Nichols
  • Current Reads

  • An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became a Big Business and How You Can Take It Back by Elisabeth Rosenthal
  • Unforgettable: A Son, A Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime by Scott Simon
  • Recent Reads:

    2017

  • The First Love Story: Adam, Eve, and Us by Bruce Feiler
  • The Flame Bearer by Bernard Cornwell
  • The Constitution Today by Akhil Reed Amar
  • 2016

  • Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher
  • A Grace Disguised by Gerald Sittser
  • Underground Airlines by Ben Winters
  • Warriors of the Storm by Bernard Cornwell
  • The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell
  • A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of a Tragedy by Sue Kleebolt
  • The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Aristotle, Locke by Dean Kowalski and William Irwin
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • The Last of the President's Men by Bob Woodward
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomesday Machine by Michael Lewis. This is a re-read from 2010; I'm giving it another look in anticipation of seeing the movie.
  • The Man In the High Castle by Phillip Dick
  • 2015

  • Roads to Santiago by Cees Nooteboom
  • Religion in the Oval Office: The Religious Lives of American Presidents by Gary Scott Smith
  • Molina: The Story of the Father Who Raised an Unlikely Baseball Dynasty by Benji Molina
  • The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
  • Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years by Thomas Mallon
  • Billion Dollar Spy by David Hoffman
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (I'm not proud of this)
  • A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
  • Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941 by Lynne Olson
  • Bad Faith by Dr. Paul Offit
  • The Siege Winter by Samantha Norman
  • The Set Up Man by T.T. Monday
  • The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson
  • My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
  • Visions, Trips, and Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Die by David Kessler
  • 2014

  • Edge of Eternity: Book Three in the Century Trilogy By Ken Follett
  • Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality by Danielle Allen
  • Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller
  • Bronze Summer: The Northland Trilogy by Stephen Baxter
  • The Joy of the Gospel by Pope Francis
  • A King's Ransom by Sharon Kay Penman
  • To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation by Paul Farmer
  • Real Leaders Don't Do Powerpoint by Christopher Witt and Dale Fetherling
  • The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell
  • Icon by Frederick Forsyth
  • Worlds of Arthur by Guy Halsall
  • The Bully Pulpit:Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination by Philip Shenon
  • Double Down: Game Change 2012 by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann
  • A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe
  • 2013

  • Wilson by A. Scott Berg
  • The Last Gun by Tom Diaz
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan
  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss
  • Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz
  • Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine by Eric Weiner
  • Paris: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd
  • After Rome: A Novel of Celtic Britain by Morgan Llywelyn
  • Foundation: The History of England from its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors by Peter Ackroyd
  • The Face of the Earth by Deborah Raney
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Shadow On the Crown by Patricia Bracewell
  • The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin
  • Alex and Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence - and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process by Irene M. Pepperberg
  • Winter of the World by Ken Follett
  • Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves by Henry Wiencek
  • America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't by Stephen Colbert
  • King Alfred of England by Joseph Abbott
  • 2012

  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator by Ryan Holliday
  • The Book of Abraham by Marek Halter
  • The Long Road to Antietam: How the Civil War Became a Revolution by Richard Slotkin
  • Calico Joe by John Grisham
  • Simply Benjamin by Enid Lanyon
  • Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act (this is the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act. Yes, I'm really reading it)
  • Damn Yankees edited by Rob Fleder
  • The Vicar of Christ by Walter Murphy (I first read this when it was published in 1979. It was better then).
  • The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler
  • Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen
  • Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage
  • The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
  • Shadow of the King: Book Three of the Pendragon's Banner Trilogy by Helen Hollick
  • Pendragon's Banner: Book Two of the Pendragon's Banner Trilogy by Helen Hollick
  • Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman
  • We're With Nobody: Two Insiders Reveal the Dark Side of American Politics by Alan Huffman and Michael Rejebian
  • The Jefferson Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth Extracted Textually from the Gospels in Greek, Latin, French, & English by Thomas Jefferson (Smithsonian Edition)
  • Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, & Politics in the Book of Revelation by Elaine Pagels
  • Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell
  • The Submission by Amy Waldman
  • The Kingmaking: Book One of the Pendragon's Banner Trilogy by Helen Hollick
  • Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean
  • A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
  • Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman
  • 2011

  • Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales
  • The Neighbors Are Watching by Debra Ginsberg
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson
  • A Stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton
  • Ireland by Frank Delany
  • Stone Arabia by Dana Spiotta
  • Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game by John Thorn
  • Winged Obsession: The Pursuit of the World's Most Notorious Butterfly Smuggler by Jessica Speart
  • 1421: The Year China Discovered America by Gavin Menzies
  • The Year 1000: What Life Was Like At the Turn of the First Millenium by Robert Lacey and Danny Danziger
  • Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatents Us All by Paul Offit, M.D.
  • Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Khan: Empire of Silver: A Novel of the Khan Empire by Conn Iggulden
  • John Climacus: The Ladder of Divine Ascent translated by Colm Luibheid and Norman Russell
  • Forever Blue: The True Story of Walter O'Malley, Baseball's Most Controversial Owner, and the Dodgers of Brooklyn and Los Angeles by Michael D'Antonio
  • A Kingdom Strange: The Brief and Tragic History of the Lost Colony of Roanoke by James Horn
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Fr. Gregory Boyle SJ
  • Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent
  • Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook by Anthony Bourdain
  • Attila: The Judgement by William Napier
  • 2010

  • The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner
  • The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron by Howard Bryant
  • Attila: The Gathering of the Storm by William Napier
  • Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
  • Attila by William Napier
  • Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell
  • Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomesday Machine by Michael Lewis
  • Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives by Michael Specter
  • New York by Edward Rutherford
  • Our Lady of the Forest by David Guterson
  • The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell
  • The Season of Second Chances by Diane Meier
  • Conquering Fear: Living Boldly in an Uncertain World by Harold Kushner
  • A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church: Memoirs of a Catholic Archbishop by Rebert Weekland, OSB
  • The God Box: Hope Strength Courage @ Your Fingertips by Lynn Neu
  • Gwenhwyfar by Mercedes Lackey
  • 2009

  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • Drink, Play, F@#k: One Man's Search for Anything Across Ireland, Las Vegas, and Thailand by Andrew Gottlieb
  • The Case for God by Karen Armstrong
  • Freedomland by Richard Price
  • Genghis : Bones of the Hills by Conn Iggulden
  • As They See Em: A Fan's Travels in the Land of Umpires by Bruce Weber
  • The Visibles by Sara Shepard
  • One Nation Under Dog: Adventures in the New World of Prozac-Popping Puppies, Dog-Park Politics, and Organic Pet Food by Michael Schaffer
  • Almost Home by Pam Jenoff
  • Those Terrible Middle Ages: Debunking the Myths by RĂ©gine Pernoud
  • John of the Cross by Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD
  • Rabbit, Run By John Updike
  • I'm Perfect, You're Doomed: Tales from a Jehovah's Witness Upbringing by Kyria Abrahams
  • Almost Home by Pam Jenoff
  • A Lion Called Christian by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall
  • The Yankee Years by Joe Torre and Tom Verducci
  • The Given Day by Dennis Lehane
  • Autism' s False Prophets by Paul A. Offit, M.D.
  • The Little Book by Selden Edwards
  • The Crowd Sounds Happy by Nicholas Dawidoff
  • Devil's Brood by Sharon Kay Penman
  • 2008

  • Aelre of Rievaulx by John R. Sommerfeldt
  • The Rhino With Glue-On Shoes edited by Lucy H. Spelman DVM and Ted Y. Mashima DVM
  • Genghis: Lords of the Bow by Conn Iggulden
  • Mortally Wounded by Michael Kearney
  • Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World by David Maraniss
  • Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season by Jonathon Eig
  • A Hidden Wholeness: Toward an Undivided Life by Parker Palmer
  • Kauai: The Separate Kingdom by Edward Joesting
  • Too Soon To Say Goodbye by Art Buchwald
  • The Happiest Days of Our Lives by Wil Wheaton
  • Old Men Dream by Peter Fullerton
  • Still Life With Crows by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope by Jimmy Carter
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriett Beacher Stowe
  • God in the White House: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush by Randall Balmer
  • Teresa of Avila: The Interior Castle translated by Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD
  • 90 Minutes in Heaven: An Inspiring Story of Life Beyond Death by Don Piper and Cecil Murphy
  • Sword Song by Bernard Cornwell
  • Emporer: Time's Tapestry Book One by Stephen Baxter
  • People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • Harold the King by Helen Hollick
  • 2007

  • Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War and the Aftermath as Seen by NPR's Correspondent Anne Garrels by Anne Garrels and Vint Lawrence
  • I Live For This: Baseball's Last True Believer by Tommy Lasorda and Bill Plaschke
  • Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
  • World Without End by Ken Follett
  • A Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Quest to follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs
  • No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  • Lords of the North by Bernard Cornwell
  • New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton
  • The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
  • Is This a Great Game or What? by Tim Kurkjian
  • Genghis: Birth Of An Empire by Conn Iggulden
  • The Wrong Stuff: The Extraordinary Saga of Randy "Duke" Cunningham, The Most Corrupt Congressman Ever Caught by Marcus Stern, Jerry Kammer, Dean Calbreth, and George E. Condon, Jr.
  • The Rosetti Letter by Christi Phillips
  • Marley and Me by John Grogan
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
  • Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil by Deborah Rodriquez
  • The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle
  • About My Sisters by Debra Ginsberg
  • The Death and Life of Bobby Z by Don Winslow
  • My Seven Years in Captivity: Tails and Misadventures in the San Diego Zoo by Bill Seaton
  • The Rebels of Ireland by Edward Rutherfurd
  • Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid by Jimmy Carter
  • Waiting: The True Confessions of a Waitress by Debra Ginsberg
  • The Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
  • A History of the End of the World by Jonathon Kirsch
  • Flu by Gina Kolata
  • The Archer's Tale by Bernard Cornwell
  • 2006

  • Sons of Fortune by Jeffrey Archer
  • Selected Writings in Anglo-Saxon Spirituality by Robert Boenig
  • Heat by Bill Buford
  • Digging to America by Ann Tyler
  • The Great Transformation by Karen Armstrong
  • Paris 1919 by Margaret MacMillan
  • Absolute Convictions by Eyan Press
  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  • Round Ireland With a Fridge by Tony Hawks
  • Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope by Joan Chichester
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • 2005 and before

  • A History of God: The 4000 Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by Karen Armstrong
  • Teacher Man by Frank McCourt
  • Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell
  • The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Our Endangered Values by Jimmy Carter
  • Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned by Alan Alda
  • War Powers: How the Imperial Presidency Hijacked the Constitution by Peter Irons
  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Ann Fadiman
  • Ithaka by Adele Geras
  • Through the Narrow Gate by Karen Armstrong
  • The Patriots Club by Christopher Reich
  • Heloise and Abelard: A New Biography by James Burge
  • The Old Ball Game: How John McGraw, Christy Mathewson, and the New York Giants Created Modern Baseball by Frank DeFord (note: this is autographed; I met Frank at the Los Angeles Times Book Festival in April 2005).
  • Marshall's Journey by Vailia Dennis
  • Dear Senator by Essie Mae Washington-Williams and William Stadiem
  • The Source by James Michener. (note: this was a re-read; I read it for the first time around 1992 or so).
  • Mountains Beyond Mountans by Tracy Kidder
  • The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell
  • Encore Provence: New Adventures in the South of France by Peter Mayle
  • Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton
  • The Last Season: A Team In Search Of Its Soul by Phil Jackson and Michael Arkush
  • A Good Year by Peter Mayle
  • Stonehenge by Bernard Cornwell
  • Ball Four by Jim Bouton
  • Eats, Shoots, and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynn Truss
  • Letter From Home by Carolyn Hart
  • Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
  • A Short History of Nearly Everthing by Bill Bryson
  • Hanging Curve by Troy Soos
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Michael Haddon
  • Fat Man Fed Up by Jack Germond
  • The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Bleachers by John Grisham
  • How Few Remain by Harry Turtledove
  • Good Grief by Lolly Winston
  • The Princes of Ireland by Edward Rutherfurd
  • The Amature Marriage by Anne Tyler
  • The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
  • Brinkley's Beat:People, Places, and Events That Shaped My Life by David Brinkley
  • Krakatoa by Simon Winchester
  • Dragon's Lair by Sharon Kay Penman
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right by Al Franken
  • The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin
  • Jester by James Patterson
  • The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
  • Moneyball by Michael Lewis
  • Beyond Belief by Elaine Pagels
  • Patrick by Stephen R. Lawhead
  • The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  • Why is the Foul Pole Fair? by Vince Staten
  • The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution by Linda Monk
  • Merlin by Stephen R. Lawhead
  • The Accidental Pope by Ray Flynn and Robin More
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
  • The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Hotel Kid: A Times Square Childhood by Stephen Lewis
  • Summerland by Michael Chabon
  • Hawaii by James Michener
  • Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis
  • A Grace Disguised by Gerald L. Sittser
  • Constantine's Sword: The Church and the Jews: A History by James Carroll
  • John Adams by David McCullough
  • The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse: a Novel by Louise Erdrich.
  • Sarah: Woman of Genesis by Orson Scott Card.
  • WITSEC: Inside the Federal Witness Protection Program by Pete Earley and Gerald Shur.
  • Time and Chance by Sharon Kay Penman
  • Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
  • Nickled and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich.
  • Classics I feel I should read:

    Here are my favorite bookstores in and around San Diego:

    Bay Books

    Mysterious Galaxy

    UCSD Bookstore

    Upstart Crow

    Warwick's